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The Finding of the Compass, the Liahona

TitleThe Finding of the Compass, the Liahona
Publication TypeArtwork
Year of Publication1890
AuthorsChristensen, C.C.A.
DescriptionUnsigned, painted for the Deseret Sunday School Union, no date (1890), oil on composition bound, 24 3/4" x 18 5/6"
KeywordsCompass; Lehi (Prophet); Liahona; Nephi (Son of Lehi)

Commanded to continue his journey through the wilderness of the Arabian Peninsula, Lehi found "a round ball of curious workmanship," enclosing two spindles (1 Nephi 16:10). One spindle was understood to indicate the direction in which he should travel.

In the background, Nephi, dressed in blue, returns from the hunt with his bow. As the subject of this series of paintings, Nephi is included in all the paintings, even if he is not he central character in a particular scene.

Scripture Reference

1 Nephi 16
1 Nephi 16:10